Derby County are keen to sign Krystian Bielik from Arsenal before the transfer window slams shut, according to Derbyshire Live.
The Rams are willing to sign the player either on loan or permanently, although a temporary switch seems the most likely.
Arsenal want in excess of £10 million for the Polish ace who can operate at centre-back or in defensive midfield.
A report from Bielik’s homeland had claimed that a £10 million deal was completed, although that is wide of the mark, according to Derbyshire Live.
The 21-year-old was on loan at Charlton Athletic last season, helping them to promotion from League One.
He largely played as a midfielder for the Addicks, making 35 appearances for Lee Bowyer’s team.
Derby will be looking to bounce back from last season when they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in the Championship Play-Off Final.
Pride Park hasn’t been a hive of activity this summer with just Kieran Dowell arriving on loan from Everton.
Phillip Cocu will hope to add to his ranks, however, and Bielik would represent a quality signing.
It does seem unlikely that Derby will land him on a permanent basis.
Owner Mel Morris has already stated that this summer won’t be about splashing the cash, so spending such a sum on Bielik would be a surprise.
Add to that the fact that Bielik earns £25,000-a-week (Spotrac) and there becomes a problem somewhere.
A loan move would be ideal though.
At 21 the uncompromising Pole would fit the ethos of a young Derby squad, whilst his arrival would make teams stand up and take notice of the Rams once more.